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You can search for decisions delivered by the Arbiter for Financial Services and judgements delivered by the Court of Appeal (Civil, Inferior) for those decisions that have been appealed.

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The database of Arbiter's decisions is updated periodically. In accordance with the OAFS policy, complainants' names in such decisions are pseudonymised (the actual names are replaced by unrelated alphabetical references).

The remit of the Arbiter for Financial Services is to investigate and adjudicate complaints lodged by eligible complainants (individuals and micro-enterprises) against financial services providers who are licensed or authorised by the Maltese financial services regulator. When cases are referred to the Arbiter and a decision is issued, such a decision is binding on both parties.

Either party can request the Arbiter for clarification or correction to any computation, clerical, typographical, or similar errors within 15 days from the delivery of a decision. Decisions may be upheld in full, partially upheld, or rejected, and may be appealed by any of the parties.

As to the Court of Appeal (Civil, Inferior) judgements, we refer to the Court Services Agency's eCourts website (https://ecourts.gov.mt/onlineservices/) for the relevant case reference numbers and appeal judgements. Information about appealed decisions on our website is updated periodically. However, such information should always be cross-checked with the eCourts website as we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to its completeness, accuracy or reliability.

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ASF case reference:
ASF 138/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Foris Dax MT Limited (formerly MCO Malta Dax Limited )
Category Issue:
Administration/Management/Custody
Product/Service:
Crypto / Virtual Financial Assets
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
28/09/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 141/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Foris Dax MT Limited (formerly MCO Malta Dax Limited )
Category Issue:
Administration/Management/Custody
Product/Service:
Crypto / Virtual Financial Assets
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
28/09/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 149/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Foris Dax MT Limited (formerly MCO Malta Dax Limited )
Category Issue:
Administration/Management/Custody
Product/Service:
Crypto / Virtual Financial Assets
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
28/09/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 014/2022
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
Maltese
Financial Services Provider:
Bank of Valletta plc
Category Issue:
Inappropriate product/service
Product/Service:
Cards
Outcome:
Upheld by Arbiter
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
28/09/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 104/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Foris Dax MT Limited (formerly MCO Malta Dax Limited )
Category Issue:
Administration/Management/Custody
Product/Service:
Crypto / Virtual Financial Assets
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
28/09/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 127/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Foris Dax MT Limited (formerly MCO Malta Dax Limited )
Category Issue:
Administration/Management/Custody
Product/Service:
Crypto / Virtual Financial Assets
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
18/08/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 145/2020
Sector:
Insurance
Language:
Maltese
Financial Services Provider:
Mapfre MSV Life plc
Category Issue:
Value at maturity
Product/Service:
Life-related
Outcome:
Partially Upheld by Arbiter
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 050/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
STM Malta Pension Services Limited (formerly STM Malta Trust and Company Management Limited)
Category Issue:
Administration/Management/Custody
Product/Service:
Pensions-related
Outcome:
Partially Upheld by Arbiter
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 095/2021
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Trust Payments (Malta) Limited
Category Issue:
Suspected irregular activity
Product/Service:
Cards
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 075/2021
Sector:
Insurance
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
MIB Insurance Agency Limited
Category Issue:
Rejection of claim
Product/Service:
Home (Building & Contents)-related
Outcome:
Upheld by Arbiter
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 018/2021
Sector:
Insurance
Language:
Maltese
Financial Services Provider:
HSBC Life Assurance (Malta) Limited
Category Issue:
Value at maturity
Product/Service:
Life-related
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 119/2021
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Truevo Payments Ltd
Category Issue:
Suspected irregular activity
Product/Service:
Cards
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 078/2021
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Truevo Payments Ltd
Category Issue:
Suspected irregular activity
Product/Service:
Transfers
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 089/2021
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
Maltese
Financial Services Provider:
BNF Bank plc
Category Issue:
General admin/customer service
Product/Service:
Home Loans
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
27/07/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 143/2020
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
EM@NEY P.L.C.
Category Issue:
Delays
Product/Service:
Transfers
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
14/06/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 010/2021
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Trust Payments (Malta) Limited
Category Issue:
Suspected irregular activity
Product/Service:
Transfers
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
14/06/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 092/2021
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Satabank p.l.c.
Category Issue:
Delays
Product/Service:
Savings/Current/Term Account
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
14/06/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 030/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
Maltese
Financial Services Provider:
Calamatta Cuschieri Investment Management Limited
Category Issue:
Misselling / Suitability
Product/Service:
Miscellaneous (securities and funds)
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
14/06/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 090/2021
Sector:
Banking / Financial Institutions
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Truevo Payments Ltd
Category Issue:
Suspected irregular activity
Product/Service:
Cards
Outcome:
Not Upheld
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
14/06/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed
ASF case reference:
ASF 026/2021
Sector:
Investments
Language:
English
Financial Services Provider:
Sovereign Pension Services Limited
Category Issue:
Administration/Management/Custody
Product/Service:
Pensions-related
Outcome:
Partially Upheld by Arbiter
Date of Arbiter's Decision:
14/06/2022
Appeal Court reference:
Not Appealed